Diocese embracing team building program for parish staffs showcased at October conference
CHINO—Another West End parish was the target of vandalism last month as St. Margaret Mary Church in Chino discovered the head of its statue of the Virgin Mary had been knocked off.
By Natalie Romano
A cold, dark night in Montclair was suddenly lit up by nearly 100 candles as Our Lady of Lourdes parishioners stood united in the wake of an ugly act of vandalism.
Their March 4th prayer vigil was held one week after a man wielding a sledgehammer beheaded marble statues of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette located in front of the church.
“Even though it’s just a statue, it’s a symbol of our love, our community. It hurt me so much I needed to be here and pray,” says Janet Lopez, Our Lady of Lourdes bookkeeper.
PERRIS—Nearly 40 years in the making, the parish community of St. James the Less in Perris finally celebrated the opening of its new worship space when Bishop Gerald Barnes blessed and consecrated the church on May 25.
“I will not forget you; I have carved you on the palm of my hand (Is 49: 15-16)”
RIVERSIDE—On March 29, St. John the Evangelist Parish in Riverside celebrated a bilingual Precious Baby Mass in remembrance of those young lives lost to miscarriage, still birth, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and abortion.
SAN BERNARDINO—Facing the large financial hurdle of buying an new heating and air conditioning system, the parishioners of St. Bernardine Parish were greatly surprised when Grand Knight Carlos Avalos and Knight of Columbus Bruce Ewing of Council 4488 presented a gift of $20,000 on March 2.